Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Pic of the Day

Comet NEOWISE, July 8, 2020; 4:40 A.M., CDT
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4; 4 seconds @ f/4, ISO1600




Comet NEOWISE, July 8, 2020; 4:46 A.M., CDT

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4; 3 seconds @ f/4, ISO1600


    I was up at 2:55 A.M. to photograph Comet NEOWISE this morning. The sky was very thick with humidity and as the clocked ticked toward 4:00 A.M. the fog was so thick I could not even see stars.  With the loss of visibility I packed up and headed home.  About a mile from the house I drove out of the fog to a partly cloudy sky, and with binoculars I found the tail of the comet poking out from behind one of the clouds.  The comet was by my estimation about 7 or 8 degrees below the colorful star Capella.  I stopped on the road, and as the clouds rolled along the comet became visible, off and on.  These two images were taken with the comet just above Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama.

This is the brightest comet I have seen in quite a long time.  It should be visible for another week, maybe two, to the naked eye from what I have read.  It has an orbital period of 10,127 years.  I really don't expect to be around to take photos when it returns so I am happy to have taken these photos.

A shout-out to Stan Burman who posted a beautiful photo of this comet on his facebook page yesterday.  His post alerted me to the comet.  Thank you Stan Burman.  You can see his photo on his Ffacebook page.  I have also shared it on my facebook page (Bobby Harrison) as well.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Pic of the Day

Louisiana Waterthrush, Parkesia motacilla
Horse cove; Madison County, Alabama

    These beautiful warblers, a member oft family Parulidae, nest around my home in North Alabama.  I constantly see them along the creek bed, but some times they fly up the hill to the house and glean around my feeders.  With a dense population nesting along the creek, their beautiful song is a constant reminder of their presence.  I was so fortunate to get this shot, because they are usually hidden in the darkest parts of the forest.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/5
1/200 sec. @ f/8

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Pic of the Day

Eastern Wood Pewee, Contopus Virens
Horse Cove; Madison County, Alabama

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/60 sec. @ f/7.1: ISO 1250

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Pic of the Day


Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas
Marshall County, Alabama; USA
just North of Guntersville Dam

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/320 sec. @ f/9

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Pic of the Day


Yellow-breasted Cha, Icteria virens
Marshall County, Alabama
Just North of Guntersville Dam

    The Yellow-breasted Chat is our largest warbler at 7.2 inches in length.  It is larger than other warblers, and has a repertoire of songs that sound more like the Mockingbird.  It also has anatomical differences from New World warblers.
     While traditionally  it has always been classed with the New World warblers, it is not a Parulidae.  In 2017 the American Ornithological Society move it to its own family, the Icteridae, of which it is the only member.  The question is.  Is the Yellow-breasted Chat a warbler?  The bottom line, ornithologist really don't know.
     For me, it goes on my trip list as a warbler.  The biggest of all the warblers!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/250 sec. @ f/8

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Pic of the Day

Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinals
Marshall County, Alabama; USA
Just North of Guntersville Dam

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/640 sec. @f/8

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Pic of the Day

Summer Tanager, Piranga rubra
Marshall County, Alabama
Just North of Guntersville Dam

     While photographing a Prairie Warbler a week ago or so, this fellow alighted right beside me, allowing me to grab a couple of shots.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/640 sec. @ f/11

Monday, June 1, 2020

Pic of the Day

Indigo Bunting, Passerina Cyanea
Marshall County, AL
just north of Guntersville Dam

When the blue of the day, meets the gold of the evening light.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/320 sec. @ f/9

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pic of the Day

Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea
Marshall County, Alabama; USA
Just North of Guntersville Dam

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/250 sec. @ f/10, ISO1250

Friday, May 29, 2020

Pic of the Day

Prairie Warbler, Setophaga discolor
Marshall County, Alabama
Just North of Guntersville Dam
Another Prairie Warbler, and my favorite pose thus far from last weekends shoot.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm  f/4
1/200 sec. @ f/9

Pic of the Day

Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerine
Marshall County, Alabama
Just North of Guntersville Dam

     I was back in Marshall County, just north of Guntersville Dam chasing down a singing Chipping Sparrow yesterday.  I did not get a photo of this little fellow singing, but did a brief burst of images as it land on a branch in front of me.  I’m very happy to have gotten a few shots of this fellow.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/200 sec. @ f/13

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pic of the Day

Prairie Warbler, Setophaga discolor
Marshall Co., Alabama
Prairie Warbler singing his hear out in Marshall County, Alabama last weekend.  This image was taken just north of Guntersville Dam.  Prairie Warblers nest here in North Alabama, but it has been years since I have seen one.  This bird was not shy at all, and seemed to be responding to the songs of Indigo Buntings,  and Blue Grosbeaks that were singing nearby.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/320 sec. @ f/9

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Pic of the Day

Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea; Marshall County, AL; USA, Near Guntersville Dam

    I found this Indigo Bunting  along the tree line at the edge of a field this afternoon.  Thought not in prime breeding plumage it gave me the opportunity to shoot lots of images.  this is my favorite of the day.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/t
1/250 sec @ f/9

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pic of the Day

Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas
Magee Marsh, Ohio; USA


Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm
1/200 sec @ f/8

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Pic of the Day

Sanderling, Calidris alba
   I captured this sanderling, Calidris albaworking the ebbing waves for morsels to fuel its journey North. This was photographed at the causeway to Merritt Island on March 1, 2020.  That seems like an eternity ago.  I had plans to return to Merritt Island this week.  We all know that those plans are the only thing going South.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4,  1/4000 sec. @ f/10
Merritt Island, Florida; USA

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Pic of the Day

Grasshopper Sparrow, Ammoramus savannarum



Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station 

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500 f/4, 1/1000 sec. @ f/9

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pic of the Day

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female; Setophaga caerulescens: Magee Marsh, Ohio
     This female Black-throated Blue Warbler was photographed from the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, Ohio last spring.  Magee is one of my favorite locations to photograph warblers and other neotropical migrant.  Though, it is not even Thanksgiving I am looking forward to spring and the wonderful birds that will once again wing north.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4
1/250 second @ f/7.1

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

Pic of the Day

Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerine; Magee Marsh Bird Center, Ohio

     I just finished watching a great DVD called, Watching Sparrows, by Michael Male and Judy Fieth.  Can't wait to get out and photograph some more sparrows.  They are spectacular birds.  Here is a Chipping Sparrow from Magee Marsh.  I photographed this bird from the parking lot at the Magee Marsh Bird Center.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/250 second @ f/7.1; using my van as a blind

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Magee Marsh

 Kirtland's Warbler, Setophaga Kirtlandii:  Magee Marsh, Estuary Trail


Bay-breasted Warbler, Setophaga castanet:  Magee Marsh, Estuary Trail

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila cerulean:  Magee Marsh, Magee Marsh Bird Center

      I spent ten days at Magee Marsh earlier this Month photographing spring migrants.  This was not the best year for Magee migrants, but I was able to get a few good images.  Northeasterly winds hindered migration, and most days were cold and rainy. While birds were less numerous I did see 114 different species, about ten less than last year, but I did get a Kirtland’s Warbler!

Kirtland's Warbler - Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/320 second @ f/7.1
Bay-breasted Warbler - Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/800 second @ f/7.1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/400 @ f/7.1



Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pic of the Day

Great Egret, Area alba displaying on nest.
Saint Augustine Heron Rookery
Saint Augustine, Florida
     Well, I guess I can say this is a very special post for me, number 1000.  I can't believe that I have made 1000 post on this blog.  Over the last couple of years I have not posted as often as I did in the past.  It seems that people these days are spending more time on Facebook and less time going to blogs.  I will continue to post here and will try to post more frequently than I have over the past few years.
     This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at the heron rookery at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida.  The nest was quite picturesque and I Spent a lot of time photographing this egret.  Here, the egret is in the middle of its nuptial dance.  The egret put on a spectacular show and I was fortunate to get many good shots.  I hope you enjoy the image and will visit my blog often.
     I started his blog back on March 13, 2010 and do appreciate all of you who have taken the time to look at my work through the years.  If you would care to, you can follow me on Facebook at, Bobby Harrison Photography.
     Thank you for taking the time to stop in, and please do check-in often for new additions.  Bobby

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/640th second @ f/8

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pic of the Day

Great Egret, Ardea alba
Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Heron Rookery
     Just got home from three days of photography at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm heron rookery. I pulled this image off the first SD card I looked at.  Not much work on this image, just some slight cropping and exposure adjustment.  This Great Egret was in the middle of its nuptial dance when I snapped the shot.  Looking forward to seeing all the images, but not tonight.  Just exhausted after a morning of shooting and a ten-hour drive home.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/500 second @ f8

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pic of the Day

Great Egret, Area alba
Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, FL
     The Chase is On!  This photo was captured after a Great Egret landed near another who was displeased by the approach.  A chase ensued leaving the interloper looking for a new perch.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4 lens, 1/3200 second @ f/10

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja
Viera Wetlands; Viera, Florida

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/2500 second @ f/71

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Osprey, Pandion Haliaetus
Viera Wetlands, Viera Florida

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 sec. @ f/11



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Great White Heron, Ardea Herodias occidentalis
     The Great White Heron is a species unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys.  It nest throughout the year, though the peak nesting season for the species is between November and February.  Once thought to be a color morph of the Great Blue Heron, recent studies suggest that it is at least a subspecies of the GBH.  Some evidence indicates that it may actually be a completely different species.  I photographed this bird on Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park.  It was stealthily hunting prey along Taylor Slough.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1600 second @ f/7.1

Monday, March 11, 2019

Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinis
     Numerous Purple Gallinules were feeding among the Spatterdock, (Cow Lily), on Taylor Slough last week when I visited Anhinga Trail.  The birds were out in the open providing some great photo opportunities.  This image was shot about a half hour before sunset, thus providing warm lingo to illuminate the spectacular colors of this beautiful bird.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm, f/4, 1/800 second @ f/9

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia
Cape Coral, Florida, USA

     This image was taken earlier this week while visiting Cape Coral, Florida. Burrowing Owls are one of my favorite birds to photograph and Cape Coral has many different sites to shoot. This year I saw more active burrows than I have seen in many years. Cape Coral is growing rapidly, but hopefully these owls will continue maintain their population.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1600 second @ f/9

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pic of the Day

Green-backed Heron, Butorides virescens

      Over New Years I was at Merritt Island NWR.  I arrived on the refuge before sunrise and drove along Black Point Wildlife Drive looking for birds to photograph.  I found this Green-backed Heron perched on a shrub.  With the sun still below the horizon I increased the ISO on my camera to 3200.  This allowed me to increase my shutter speed to 1/250 of a second.  As I photographed the heron it turned its head, raised its crest, and stretched its neck into a perfect pose.  A wonderful start to the day.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/250 second @ f/8, ISO 3200

Friday, January 4, 2019

Pic of the Day

 Alignment of Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury
January 1st, 2019

                                         Alignment of Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury
                                                      identified with Mercury magnified
                                                 (both images best viewed when enlarged)

     Mercury is always hard to spot.  Especially where I live, here in North Alabama.  But on January 1st, 2019, I was on the causeway between Titusville, Florida and Merritt Island NWR awaiting the rising sun.  The sky was dark, the waning moon shown bright, but so did two bright planets.  I assumed the planets to be Venus, and Jupiter and when I checked the positions of the two planets I discovered I was correct.  But, I also saw from the chart that Mercury was in the morning sky, below Jupiter and very low to the horizon (as always).   Sure enough, I found it just above the horizon in the glow of dawn. I used binoculars to find Mercury, but once found I could easily see it with the naked eye.
     I was so excited!  The last time I remember seeing Mercury was at least 50, maybe 52 years ago.  An exception of course was the Mercury transit on November 10, 1973.  Mercury was easy to see as it crossed the face of the Sun. (with filters of course).  
     I quickly set up my tripod to take a photo of the event.  I did a number of exposures and settled on this one to post.  The first image shows the moon and all three planets, but mercury is hard to see in the wide-angle shot as it is much dimmer than Venus and Jupiter.  If you can view the image full screen you can see Mercury half way between the left side of the image and the middle of the image in line with the clouds on the horizon. In the second image I have enlarged Mercury, and named each of the planets and moon.  Mercury is inside the white circle.
What a great way to start the New Year.  I hope its not another 50 years before I see Mercury again!  By the way, Florida has a great horizon line for seeing Mercury. Lucky Floridians.
     If you’re interest, Mercury will transit the Sun on November 11, 2019.  The entire transit will be visible from the eastern half of the United States and most of it visible from the entire continent. The transit will last over 5 hours, very long for a transit.
     If I am lucky enough to see this transit it will be my last.  Though there are two more transits, one on November 13, 2032 and another on November 7, 2039 neither will be visible from the North America.  The next transit visible from North American that will be, May 7, 2049. 

Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: Nikkor 16-80mm, f/2.8-4   set at 16mm
Exposure:  2 seconds @ f/5.6,  on tripod 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Pic of the Day

Snowy Egret, Egret hula

Snowy Egret taken in April at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f.4, 1/800 sec. @ f5.6, on tripos

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Photos taken on Center Line near the point of
Greatest Eclipse in Hopkinsville, KY

Sunday, July 15, 2018

House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
Hazel Green, Alabama

     I was out at the A&M Farm this morning at 7:30 hoping to see some activity, but much to my surprise there was not a lot moving until about 9:00.  Once things got going the Grass Hopper Sparrows, and Dickcissels were pouring their hearts out in song.  While the sparrows and dickcissels were singing, the few House Finches I saw were busy eating grass seeds.  I photographed this finch along the fence line at the east end of the farm.


Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 second @ f/8

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pick of the Day

Least Tern, Sternula antillarum; Least Tern Colony; Gulfport, Mississippi
     On a hot June morning I spent the morning lying on the sand under a hide photographing when the male flew in and fed this day old chick.  Once the fish was down the gullet, the chick turned and ran to its mother and snuggled up under her wing.  A few seconds later the chick poked it head from under its mothers wing to give me this intimate portrait.  

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/400second @ f/20